Past Tense

Sinhala Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

Lessons Sinhala Lessons
Linguistic Sinhala Vocabulary
Culture Sinhala Phrases
Structure Sinhala Grammar

This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Sinhala. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Sinhala Classes.

Past

The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Sinhala, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in Sinhala

Past Sinhala
I saw youමම ඔබව දැක්කා
mama obava dækkā
I wrote with a penමම පෑනකින් ලිව්වා
mama pǣnakin livvā
You loved applesඔයා ඇපල්වලට කැමති වුනා
oyā æpalvalaṭa kæmati vunā
You gave moneyඔයා මුදල් දුන්නා
oyā mudal dunnā
You played tennisඔයා ටෙනිස් ක්‍රීඩා කළා
oyā ṭenis krīḍā kaḷā
He read (past tense) a bookඔහු පොතක් කියෙවුවා
ohu potak kiyevuvā
He understood meඔහු මාව වටහා ගත්තා
ohu māva vaṭahā gattā
She had a catඇයට පූසෙක් හිටියා
æyaṭa pūsek hiṭiyā
She knew my friendඇය මගේ මිතුරා දැනගත්තා
æya magē miturā dænagattā
We wanted to learnඅපිට ඉගෙනගන්න උවමනා වුනා
apiṭa igenaganna uvamanā vunā
We thought Spanish is easyස්පාඤ්ඤ ලෙහෙසියි කියා අපට හිතුනා
spāñña lehesiyi kiyā apaṭa hitunā
You (plural) worked hereඔයා මෙහෙ වැඩ කළා
oyā mehe væḍa kaḷā
You (plural) spoke Frenchඔයා ප්‍රංශ කතා කළා
oyā praṁśa katā kaḷā
They drove a carඔවුන් කාර් එකක් පැදෙවුවා
ovun kār ekak pædevuvā
They smiledඔවුන් සිනාසුනා
ovun sināsunā

Questions?

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List of Colors in Sinhala

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Sinhala

Colors Sinhala
Blackකළු
kaḷu
Blueනිල්
nil
Brownදුඹුරු
dum̆buru
Colorsපාට, වර්ණ
pāṭa, varṇa
Dark colorතද පාට
tada pāṭa
Grayඅළු
aḷu
Greenකොළ
koḷa
Light colorලා පාට
lā pāṭa
Orangeතැඹිලි
tæm̆bili
Redරතු
ratu
Whiteසුදු
sudu
Yellowකහ
kaha

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Daily Conversation in Sinhala

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Sinhala Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Sinhala

English Sinhala
Black is his favorite colorඔහුගේ ප්‍රියතම පාට කළු පාටයි
ohugē priyatama pāṭa kaḷu pāṭayi
I have black hairමට කළු කොණ්ඩයක් තිබේ
maṭa kaḷu koṇḍayak tibē
Red is not his favorite colorඔහුගේ ප්‍රියතම පාට රතු පාට නොවේ
ohugē priyatama pāṭa ratu pāṭa novē
She drives a yellow carඇය කහ පාට කාරයක් පදවන්නීය
æya kaha pāṭa kārayak padavannīya
The sky is blueඅහස නිල් පාටයි
ahasa nil pāṭayi
Your cat is whiteඔබගේ බළලා සුදු පාටයි
obagē baḷalā sudu pāṭayi
I enjoyed myself very muchමම ගොඩක් සතුටු වුනා
mama goḍak satuṭu vunā
I agree with youමම ඔයා එක්ක එකඟ වෙනවා
mama oyā ekka ekan̆ga venavā
Are you sure?ඔයාට විශ්වාසද?
oyāṭa viśvāsada?
Be careful!ප්‍රවේසමෙන්!
pravēsamen!
Cheers!චියර්ස්!
ciyars!
Would you like to go for a walk?ඔයා ඇවිදින් යන්න කැමතිද?
oyā ævidin yanna kæmatida?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Sinhala about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Sinhala Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Sinhala homepage.

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